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  • We All Scream for (Homemade) Ice Cream!

    Cherry-Bourbon Ice CreamHomemade ice cream is easier to make than you think and it's the kind of inspired summer treat to leave guests wanting more. The best part is that you can customize it with any of your favorite ingredients and create something you'd never find in the freezer aisle. Like this Cherry-Bourbon Ice Cream.

    But if you are more of a chocolate lover or stick strictly to sorbet, don't fret. We've got 20 simple recipes to satisfy every palate on

    Cherry-Bourbon Ice Cream
    Yield: Makes about 1 qt. (serving size: 1/2 cup)

    1/2 cup granular sweetener for ice cream*
    2 tablespoons cornstarch
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
    1 cup half-and-half
    1 egg yolk
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or extract
    1/2 cup drained and coarsely chopped canned, pitted cherries in heavy syrup
    3 tablespoons bourbon

    1. Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large heavy saucepan. Gradually whisk

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  • Build a Better Hot Dog

    Thai-Style Dog

    It seems like hot dogs are always getting sidelined - they've become the kid's menu item at family gatherings and the flavorless opponent at Fourth of July eating competitions. Well, we're putting an end to that. All hot dogs really need is a little inspiration from our favorite cuisines. Like the Thai-Style Dog our Test Kitchen whipped up. Topped with cabbage and Sriracha, it's the beginning of a bright, new outlook. Check out 7 more ways to dress up your dog, like the Dixie-Caviar Dog, on

    Thai-Style Dog

    Whisk together 2 Tbsp. seasoned rice wine vinegar, 1½ tsp. sesame oil, ½ tsp. honey, ¼ tsp. fish sauce, and 1/8 tsp. dried crushed red pepper. Stir in 2 cups chopped red cabbage, ½ cup sliced English cucumber, and ¼ cup grated carrot. Cover and chill 2 hours.

    Stir together ¼ cup light mayonnaise, ¾ tsp. fresh lime juice, and ½ tsp. Asian Sriracha hot chili sauce.

    Split tops of bakery buns lengthwise. Grill 8 turkey dogs according to package

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  • Krispy Kreme's Birthday = Panini Press Doughnut Sandwiches

    What's, sweet, pillow-y, vanilla-scented, and nearly impossible to resist? (Hint: It's not a hug from your Grandma.) It's Winston-Salem's most renowned confection, the Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut, which turns 75 today. It may well be the South's hottest 75-year old, and is not afraid to proclaim it on neon signs.

    Krispy Kreme

    In honor of the big occasion, we felt obliged to put our spin on the classic. Once you taste a Krispy Kreme flattened on a panini press, the sugar glaze all bubbly and caramelized, you may agree that more can indeed be better. Our test kitchen started with just a single plain doughnut on the press, cooking it for about 30 seconds. It looked like a manhole cover, tasted like heaven.

    Then we upped the ante to sandwiches of 2 doughnuts with a filling in the middle. From "Southern Charm" (cream cheese and pepper jelly) to "The Flat Elvis" (banana and peanut butter), the sky's the limit when filling a Krispy Kreme panini. To see photos of our favorites

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  • Have Your Cocktail on a Stick

    These spiked treats are the perfect remedy to summer's triple-digit weather! You can stop worrying about ice cubes watering down your drink and start thinking about all the new cocktail combinations you can prepare. We'll get you started with our Southern favorite: Sweet Tea Julep Pops. And if you're thirsty for more, check out the rest of the gallery on Cheers!

    sweet tea julep pops

    Sweet Tea Julep Pops
    Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan. Remove from heat, add 2 family-size tea bags, and stir in 1 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
    Discard tea bags and mint. Stir in 1 cup cold water, ¾ cup bourbon, ½ cup sugar, and 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, stirring until sugar dissolves.
    Pour mixture into 12 (3-oz.) paper cups; add a mint leaf and small lemon slice to each, if desired.
    Freezing Instructions: Cover each cup with aluminum foil; make a small slit in center, and insert 1 (3½-inch) food-safe wooden ice-cream spoon

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  • From Amateur to King of the Grill in 5 Minutes

    Everyone knows it's not a proper BBQ if your meat isn't seasoned right. We're big fans of barbeque sauce, but if you really want to enhance the flavor of your pork or beef instead of covering it up, you need to find an excellent rub. Lucky for you, we've already come up with the perfect combination of spices to bump up your grilling cred. And it's the perfect base for our Smoked Pork Butt. For the custom gift tag, download the template on our site at

    Make Your Own BBQ Rub

    Smoky-Sweet BBQ Rub
    Makes: 1 cup
    Hands-On Time: 5 minutes

    ¼ cup kosher salt
    ¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
    2 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. smoked paprika
    2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
    2 tsp. garlic powder
    2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
    1 tsp. dry mustard
    1 tsp. ground cumin
    1 tsp. ground ginger

    Stir together all ingredients. Store in an airtight container up to 1 month.

    Related: Selecting Barbeque Meats
    Related: Create Your Own Barbecue Sauce

    Southern Living June 2012

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  • Dive into Summer's Best Icebox Pies

    These chilled, creamy pies are the dessert equivalent of a swimming hole-so refreshing you can't help but dive in.

    Peanut Butter-Banana Icebox Pie

    Peanut Butter-Banana Icebox PiePeanut Butter-Banana Icebox Pie

    2 cups
    cinnamon graham cracker crumbs (about 15 sheets)
    1/2 cup
    finely chopped honey-roasted peanuts
    1/2 cup
    butter, melted
    (4-oz.) semisweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
    2 cups
    whipping cream, divided
    (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
    1 cup
    creamy peanut butter
    1/2 cup
    firmly packed light brown sugar
    2 teaspoons
    vanilla extract
    large bananas, sliced
    Toppings: sweetened whipped cream, chocolate syrup, chopped honey-roasted peanuts

    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together first 3 ingredients; firmly press on bottom, up sides, and onto lip of a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).
    2. Microwave chocolate and 1/2 cup whipping cream in a small

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  • Fried Green Tomatoes - Only 65 Calories!

    Get that familiar golden crunch of fried green tomatoes with heart-healthy oil and a nonstick pan in this lighter version of the Southern classic.

    Fried Green Tomatoes
    Fried Green TomatoesFried Green Tomatoes
    medium-size green tomatoes (about 1 1/3 lb.)
    1/2 teaspoon
    1/2 teaspoon
    1 cup
    self-rising white cornmeal mix
    1/2 cup
    panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
    1/2 cup
    all-purpose flour
    egg whites
    3 tablespoons
    olive oil

    1. Cut tomatoes into 1/2-inch-thick slices; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let stand 10 minutes.
    2. Combine cornmeal mix and panko in a shallow dish or pie plate. Place flour in a second shallow dish or pie plate. Whisk egg whites in a medium bowl until foamy. Dredge tomato slices in flour, shaking off excess. Dip in egg whites, and dredge in cornmeal mixture.
    3. Cook half of tomato slices in 1 1/2 Tbsp. hot oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Season with salt to taste. Place on a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan, and

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  • BBQ Sauce Roundup: Try 13 of the South's Best Sauces

    Armed with loaves of white bread, pulled pork, and antacids, our food staff sampled nearly 100 bottles of barbecue sauce. We distilled the pack down to this sweet, smoky, vinegary baker's dozen.

    Gettin' SaucyGettin' Saucy

    1. Night of the Living Bar-B-Q Sauce
    Kansas City, KS
    For chipotle fans: fiery yet sweet; $4.

    2. Lambert's Sweet Sauce O'Mine Original
    Olive Branch, MS
    Honeyed tomato with a touch of apricot; $3.50.

    3. King's Famous No. 2 Barbecue Sauce
    Petersburg, VA
    A tart, assertive blend of mustard, tomato, and vinegar; $4.

    4. Okie Steak House Barbecue Sauce
    Stroud, OK
    Sweet and thick with a chili powder kick; $5.

    5. BBQ Fight Club Kickin' Chicken White Sauce
    Nashville, TN
    A peppery come-back sauce; $9. 615/329-1234

    6. Hillsdale Bank BAR B.Q. The Sauce (Hot)
    Hillsdale, KS
    Thick, sweet, and smoky; $4.

    7. Saw's Sauce

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  • Show-stopping Strawberry Desserts

    These sugar-kissed strawberry desserts are the perfect way to celebrate the sweet taste of spring.

    Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake
    Fresh Strawberry Meringue CakeFresh Strawberry Meringue Cake

    1 cup
    chopped pecans
    Parchment paper

    Masking tape

    2 tablespoons
    1/8 teaspoon
    2 cups
    sugar, divided
    egg whites, at room temperature
    1/2 teaspoon
    cream of tartar
    (8-oz.) containers mascarpone cheese
    2 teaspoons
    vanilla extract
    3 cups
    whipping cream
    4 1/2 cups
    sliced fresh strawberries
    Halved fresh strawberries


    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 10 to 12 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven, and cool completely (about 10 minutes). Reduce oven temperature to 250°.
    2. Cover 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Draw 2 (8-inch) circles on each piece of paper. Turn paper over; secure with masking tape.
    3. Process cornstarch, salt, toasted pecans, and 1/2 cup sugar in a food processor 40 to 45 seconds or until pecans are finely

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  • The Ultimate Mint Julep Bar

    Pair your Derby Julep with any of our flavored syrups to make it worthy of your finest pewter.

    Derby Julep
    The Ultimate Julep BarThe Ultimate Julep Bar
    to 5 fresh mint leaves
    2 tablespoons
    desired julep syrup (see below)
    Crushed ice

    1/4 cup
    fresh mint sprig

    Place mint leaves and syrup in a chilled julep cup, and muddle. Pack cup tightly with crushed ice; add bourbon and mint sprig.

    1. Mint Syrup: Boil 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cups water, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; add 15 fresh mint sprigs, and cool completely. Cover and chill 24 hours. Strain syrup; discard solids.
    2. Grapefruit-Honey Syrup: Prepare Mint Syrup as directed, reducing sugar to 1/2 cup and stirring 3/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice, 1/2 cup honey, 3 (2- x 4-inch) grapefruit rind strips, and rind from 1 lime, cut into strips, into sugar mixture with mint. For julep, muddle with 1 small grapefruit rind strip.
    3. Peach-Basil Syrup: Prepare Mint Syrup as directed,
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